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  • Geosciences Colloquium Series - December 1, 2015
    Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:27

    Please join us for Geomorphologist and Geophysicist Marin Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Dr. Clark presents "Coseismic Landslides Associated with the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Sequence in Nepal" at 4 PM in 022 Deike on December 1st.. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Ph.D., Geosciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    B.A., Cornell University

    Research Interests, Activities, and Awards

    Marin Clark explores how the Earth’s topographic surface changes through time and how these changes relate to dynamic processes deep within the Earth. She looks at the evolution of rivers and other landforms because these systems are a sensitive record of vertical movement of the Earth's surface caused by deformation. Sometimes this deformation occurs very deep in the Earth's crust or upper mantle, making direct observation an impossible task. In order to study these deep processes, she develops ways of using topography as a proxy for motion at great depths beneath the continents. Dr. Clark uses a variety of tools including field geology, GIS modeling, geodynamic modeling, and thermo chronology.

    Clark’s work on the mechanisms behind the growth--and deceleration--of the Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, including Mount Everest, has been published in the journal Nature. When the movement of tectonic plates caused India to collide with Eurasia, starting around 50 million years ago, the result was the biggest mountain range on our planet: the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Her research suggests that the plateau has grown smaller in north-south extent as it has grown higher, rather than expanding northward as it uplifted as previously thought. More excitingly, the speed of slowdown of India’s collision, and ultimately the demise of mountain building, relate directly to the strength of the continent as it deforms by plate motion.

    Dr. Clark and two colleagues assessed the landslide hazard in Nepal following the 2015 magnitude-7.9 earthquake. They looked for locations where landslides likely occurred during the earthquake, as well as places that were at high risk in the following weeks and months. The analysis found tens of thousands of locations at high risk. Information from this study was used to help prioritize both satellite observations and the analysis of data from those satellites as well as to guide rescue and recovery efforts by the U.S. and international agencies.

    Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Clark was a geophysicist with Schlumberger Technologies, a field technician with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. In addition, she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship while at Cornell and in 2003 was selected for Suburu of America's Outstanding Woman in Science Award.

  • As strategic planning continues, deans share ideas with Board of Trustees
    Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:20
    Five academic deans outlined current successes and challenges along with strategic plans in presentations Nov. 19 to a committee of the Penn State Board of Trustees.
  • Boeing internships propel EMS student toward dream
    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 14:21
    Shelby Miller just can’t get enough of Boeing. In high school, Miller was selected to participate in the company’s “School-to-Work” program, which sends students to visit Boeing six times. Through that experience, she knew she wanted to be an engineer and work for a large, interdisciplinary company like Boeing. Now a Penn State senior majoring in environmental systems engineering in the health and safety engineering option, Miller has had the chance to get a more in-depth view of the company’s operations through two summer internships.
  • Guertin named GSA fellow and PA Geographical Society distinguished teacher
    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:01
    Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine professor of Earth science, was named a Geological Society of America fellow and received the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award given by the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, earlier this month.
  • Town halls foster dialogue between graduate students, University administrators
    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:52
    A series of Graduate School town halls concluded Nov. 10 with graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences engaging in conversation with senior leaders of the University about an array of topics related to the graduate experience at Penn State.
  • Improved nuclear waste disposal focus of $800K Department of Energy grant
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:20
    An innovative method for removing radioactive elements from nuclear waste that could reduce the amount of total waste being generated through nuclear fission is the focus of a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Department of Energy through its Nuclear Energy University Program.
  • Rep. Thompson meets with students to discuss future of mining industry
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:12
    On Nov. 9, 2015, Penn State mining engineering student Sam Baker had a pleasant surprise. After Baker mailed a letter to his local congressman, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, about the congressman’s efforts to address job security in the mining industry, Rep. Thompson visited the University Park campus to answer Baker’s questions in person and meet with a select group of mining engineering student leaders.
  • A new symmetry underlies the search for new materials
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:54
    A new symmetry operation developed by Penn State researchers has the potential to speed up the search for new advanced materials that range from tougher steels to new types of electronic, magnetic, and thermal materials. With further developments, this technique could also impact the field of computational materials design.
  • Borland Project Space features sonifications
    Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:43
    “Sonifications of the Universe (and more),” a research project by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, is on display in the Borland Project Space, 125 Borland Building, through Dec. 12.
  • Human rights advocate is recipient of Murphy Award
    Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:25
    Angela Chang, a human rights advocate with Amnesty International and a student in the Penn State online master’s degree program in Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial Intelligence option, was the 2014 recipient of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award. Chang was unable to attend the 2014 U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Symposium, where the award is usually presented, therefore, she was presented with the award at the Department of Geography’s Coffee Hour weekly lecture on Nov. 13.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Series - November 17, 2015
    Mon, 11/16/2015 - 09:58

    Colloquium Speaker Holly Michael, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, presents "Land-Sea Water Exchange Across Scales: From Muck to Models" at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Ph.D., Hydrology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Notre Dame

    Research Interests, Activities, and Awards

    According to Dr. Michael, the most widespread contaminant of groundwater is not a microbe, industrial chemical, or harmful element such as arsenic. It's seawater. "Salt is everywhere along the coast," she states. "With sea-level rise, groundwater salinization could become more of an issue."

    Dr. Michael leads the Hydrogeology Group in Delaware's Department of Geological Sciences that carries out a combination of field work, lab studies and numerical modeling to study groundwater flow processes and solute transport. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on physical hydrogeology with links to surrounding biogeochemical, ecological, and human environments. Some of her current projects involve modeling groundwater salinization due to climate change, quantifying groundwater flow into estuaries, evaluating sustainability of arsenic-safe groundwater in the Bengal Basin, and application of experimental economics to groundwater resources. Dr. Michael's research has been published in Nature and Science, among other journals, attracting attention of national news media. In 2012, she was recipient of the prestigious, highly competitive National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. Dr. Michael is using the $665,000 award to study large-scale movement of water between land and sea with the goal eventually integrating these processes over the full range of spatial and temporal scales.

    Dr. Michael has been a Visiting Professor at Flinders University's School of Earth Sciences in Australia, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Stanford University and the U.S. Geological Survey. She was also the 2014 National Academy of Engineering Kavli Fellow and the 2013 Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment. In addition, she has been an associate editor of Hydrogeology Journal, serves on the Board of Directors of the NorthSouth group for Poverty Reduction, and is a member of the AGU groundwater technical committee. She also helped to develop an interdisciplinary graduate program in Water Science and Policy at the University of Delaware and serves on its Program Committee.

  • Antarctica’s next top numerical model
    Fri, 11/13/2015 - 09:25
    A Penn State scientist is creating numerical models to predict how the Antarctic ice sheets may change in the future and affect the Earth's climate.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Series - November 17, 2015
    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:57

    Geosciences Colloquium Series: Holly Michael on November 17, 2015
    Colloquium Speaker Holly Michael, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, presents "Land-Sea Water Exchange Across Scales: From Muck to Models" at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

  • Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science Program presents at COE conference
    Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:40
    The Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) was invited by Gregory Frederick, research specialist for the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Louis Stokes Institute for STEM Education, to present a special session at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 34th annual conference, held Sept. 16–19 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Free screening of 'A Place at the Table' to be held Nov. 12
    Tue, 11/10/2015 - 14:00
    The Community Food Security Club and the Student Farm Club at Penn State will host a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary "A Place at the Table" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in 102 Thomas Building.
  • Cave-Dwelling "Slime Curtains" Cycle Nitrogen and Iron
    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:28

    In a cave accessible only by daredevil divers, extraordinary microbial colonies metabolize nitrogen and iron nutrients and possibly remove pollutants from water. More

  • Penn State partners with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:53
    In October, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency renewed two five-year partnerships with Penn State, one with the Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and another with the Applied Research Laboratory. The partnerships, or cooperative research and development agreements, focus on improving both education for geospatial analysts and an imaging tool used by geospatial analysts known as urban terrain zones.
  • Fall 2015 EarthTalks: The Next Century of Conservation
    Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:30

    Fall 2015 EarthTalks: The Next Century of Conservation

    Monday, November 9, 2015
    4:00-5:00 p.m. - 112 Walker Building

    Doug Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird - Department of Anthropology, Penn State University

    "A Landscape Architecture of Fire: Pyrodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Indigenous Australia"

  • Ultrasensitive sensors made from boron-doped graphene
    Mon, 11/02/2015 - 15:00
    Ultrasensitive gas sensors based on the infusion of boron atoms into graphene -- a tightly bound matrix of carbon atoms -- may soon be possible, according to an international team of researchers from six countries.
  • EMS learning design unit celebrates 15 years
    Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:09
    Fifteen years ago, John Dutton, then dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), had a vision for creating an institute focused on developing the best online courses possible. He established EMS’s e-Education Institute in 2000, which, in 2003, was renamed in his honor. The John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, in its 15 year history, has grown considerably and today focuses on both World Campus and residential “Web” instruction, as well as massive, open online courses (MOOCs).

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>


Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>


Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>